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Old 10th February 2014, 03:32 AM
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If I dont take it I get severe physical pains due to anxiety, depression and stress..

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Surprised that nobody's mentioned the Philippines isn't exactly stress and anxiety-free....
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Oh I know This is stressful upon itself, but I've been there before and I loved it. I was there long enough to keep myself taken care of with my prescriptions from the US. I had enough supply. This time it won't be the case.

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Stress? Are you kidding? I've had less stress here in the islands for the past almost 11 years than I had in just one day back in the States. If this is stressful living,,,,,I'll keep the stress. Hahaha...
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Well THIS is stressful and hearing that Ativan is banned but I'll take Island living over Michigan any day. Winter really needs to calm down lol

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Hmmm... Good private insurance ?

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Ativan is available here in PI, I can only recommend drs from Asian Hospital. It would help not just to bring RX or prescription of your meds but also bring your medical Record Some Dr's asked for that. By the way this is the wife of billygoat I am a Filipina and Nurse by profession/businesswoman if that would be of help. Bill is ok just asked me to answer this... Your medical records will also show that your prescription is not a fake one just to bring in those drugs. I agree with Jetlag most pharmacy you can get meds without prescription but if its a controlled meds tgey usually asked for the RX with the License no of the dr BUT you can still buy those in small pharmacies who only have sales staff and not Pharmacist.
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I'm so confused after my friend and the place she worked called all the pharmacies around they were all told its been banned. I keep getting conflicting reports on its availability there

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I'm so confused after my friend and the place she worked called all the pharmacies around they were all told its been banned. I keep getting conflicting reports on its availability there
I'm gonna guess here--and it's only a guess. I think the possible reason calling pharmacies for the info my not be getting you the right info might be that with a "local" calling they simply do no want to give the information to avoid possible robbery. Or the employee at the pharmacies are looking for the name you gave and not a possible local name for the drug.
To say that life here is frustrating and inefficient would be a gross understatement of the highest degree. Your issue with medications is only the very start of confusion and difficulties when dealing with life here in paradise.

Best possible suggestion is to make one and preferably more exploratory trips here before making a move. This is an terribly under-developed 3rd world country where not only are things lacking but also a totally different and in most ways broken infrastructure. You need to spend enough time here to be very sure this really is the place you want to live to avoid a very costly mistake...
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Ativan (Lorazepam) is indeed banned here in the Philippines. <Snip> Have you tried any other alternative benzodiazepenes in the past? Perhaps there's an alternative that will work for you as well. Make sure to bring your full medical history and get a consultation at one of the hospitals here.

Despite being a third world country, Filipino doctors are among the world's best and you'll get great care and treatment here (although it'll be expensive since everything is out of pocket). If you want to make sure you get the best treatment, though, I would recommend one of the four internationally accredited (JCI) hospitals in the Philippines (Makati Medical Center - my personal preference, The Medical City in Pasig City, St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) in Quezon City and Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu).


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